Mary Filice - Columbia College Chicago

Mary Filice

Associate Professor


Mary Filice is an Associate Professor of Arts Management in the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship.

As an educator Filice teaches courses on the business of media, events management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for the creative economy. She is an advocate of a global trans-disciplinary approach to the arts, media, and business.

Her collaborative research of theories and practices pertaining to psychogeography, management, and the performative nature of work has resulted in a new management model currently in its proof of concept stage. Continuing areas of research include artistic and cultural convergence (From Mainstage to Movies to Media: Sustaining the Live and Performing Arts Through Artistic Convergence and the Balaban and Katz Philosophy of Continuous Performance - 2012); immersive practicum experiences; leadership for creative entrepreneurs. Her series of personal interviews with Dennis Zacek, Artistic Director Emeritus of Victory Gardens Theatre, resulted in The Zacek Tapes: Reflections About Theater, Community, and Leadership (2016).


Prior to her academic career, Filice was the senior vice president of a privately held group of financial advisory and investment companies. An improviser and creative producer, Filice is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has aired on PBS, cable television, and has screened at festivals around the world.


A member of the advisory board of Shattered Globe Theatre Chicago, Filice possesses a BA in Theater, MA in Film and Video, a certificate in New Media Management from USC’s Marshall School of Business and completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program and is a Gallup Strengths Coach.

Instructional Areas

business of media, strategic leadership, events management, entrepreneurship

Creative Practice and Research Interests

psychogeography as a management method to activate change; uncertainty, effectuation, and the entrepreneurial process; leadership and improvisation; the performative nature of work.


B.A., Theatre Loyola University of Chicago 1974
M.A., Film and Video Columbia College Chicago 1984
Certificate, University of Southern California 2010